What Can LASIK Correct?

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Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) is a surgical procedure intended to reduce dependency on eyeglasses and contact lenses. It is performed for nearly 1 million patients each year to correct myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism by permanently altering the shape of the cornea. The goal is that the corneal reshaping will change the eye's focusing power so vision can be clear without glasses or contact lenses.

LASIK is considered a relatively safe procedure and results are almost immediate. Because of its high success rate and minimal recovery time, LASIK is currently the most popular laser vision correction procedure. The overwhelming majority of patients enjoy significantly improved vision, and most patients return to their normal daily activities within one day of surgery.

 

Realistic LASIK Expectations

LASIK surgery does not guarantee that every patient’s vision will be improved to 20/20. It is intended to reduce each patient’s dependency on glasses or contact lenses. It is not realistic for candidates to assume that their vision will be “perfect” after surgery. A full recovery can take several months and some patients find that they still need glasses or contacts for some activities.

LASIK does not eliminate the need for reading glasses as people age (presbyopia). There are LASIK techniques, like monovision, available that can provide some help with near vision for patients who are over age 40.

Risks of LASIK

Potential complications of LASIK include:

  • Dry eyes
  • Corneal scarring
  • Corneal edema
  • Persistent eye pain or discomfort
  • Glares and halos
  • Decreased ability to see well in dimly lit conditions
  • Enhancement surgery for residual nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism
  • Partial or total loss of vision (in very rare and reportable situations)

It is very important that you have as much information about LASIK as possible before making your decision. We offer free LASIK seminars and LASIK Consultations so you can learn more about this type of laser vision correction.

Contact us today for more information regarding LASIK and how we may be able to help you reduce your dependency on glasses and contacts.

 

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